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#46651 - 12/29/04 11:20 PM Voltage on CATV wire
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I got a shock while hooking up my cable tv to my computer and I tested it for voltage and I got 112.8VAC wall voltage is 118.2 (My House normal)I know this is not normal so how could the voltage get there? and when I connected the computer to the outlet I was greeted with A spark and a tripped breaker (Computer is grounded 3 pin plug rest of my home enterainment stuff is not)
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#46652 - 12/30/04 04:22 AM Re: Voltage on CATV wire
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First, the coax shield was not bonded as required in Article 820, and second, something that the coax is connected to is defective and has energized the coax shield.
Note, there is one more possibility. The EGC to the computer is connected to a hot conductor and not ground.
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#46653 - 12/30/04 01:13 PM Re: Voltage on CATV wire
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I agree with Don. Here are the steps I would follow.

1. Disconnect cable from everything in the house, then look with a volt meter to check voltage. Keep in mind a DVM has high impedance and will read false voltages on an open circuit. Either add a load like a 10K resistor or use an analog meter.
2. Make sure CATV coax is bonded to service ground where it enters the building. Check the hardware closely as it more than likely has loosened up and opened
3. Once 1&2 are completed, and there is no voltage present, connect each device one at a time and measure voltage. This will determine if any of your AV equipment is faulty.
4. That should find the problem.

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#46654 - 12/30/04 05:45 PM Re: Voltage on CATV wire
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Be sure to check any Cable boxes connected to the system. We recently went through a huge headache caused by defective cable boxes (the transformer was underrated and tended to short out to the secondary.)

Sometimes even if the box isn't really defective, poor design causes AC leakage onto the coax.

It is also possible that the voltage is coming in from outside on the system. derecbc's troubleshooting tips should pinpoint the problem.
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#46655 - 12/30/04 06:25 PM Re: Voltage on CATV wire
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The computer is properly grounded. and I found the problem my old vcr(Made in 1989) was letting line voltage on the catv in. Don't know how maybe a short or bad solder joint internly. but now everything is fine.
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#46656 - 01/02/05 01:31 AM Re: Voltage on CATV wire
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ComputerWizKid,
I do know that CATV outlets have a Capacitor in the back of the socket across the centre pin and the Braid connection, this is to isolate the system voltage from the connected equipment and vice versa.
Just check that you haven't got a Dry joint there somewhere.
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#46657 - 01/02/05 03:36 PM Re: Voltage on CATV wire
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You found the problem but I think your cable is not grounded properly or you would not have had the problem.

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#46658 - 01/02/05 05:46 PM Re: Voltage on CATV wire
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Trumpy, any capcitor connected from center pin to shield would short out any signal on the cable.

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